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ST. LOUIS -- Center Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and added an assist in a three-goal outburst in the first period that carried the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win Saturday night over the St. Louis Blues.

Goaltender Frederik Anderson, a 24-year-old native of Denmark who was the Ducks' third-round pick in the 2012 draft, won his eighth game of the season, which leads NHL rookie goaltenders. He lost his bid for his first career shutout when Blues left winger Jaden Schwartz scored 1:18 into the third period.

By then the Ducks had built a 4-0 lead. They scored three times on only eight shots in chasing St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak just 7:29 into the game and went on to hand the Blues only their second regulation loss in 16 home games this season.

A shot by center Andrew Cogliano, which deflected off the skate of Blues defenseman Barret Jackman put the Ducks ahead just 1:10 into the game. With Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo serving a minor penalty for delay of the game, right winger Corey Perry scored a power-play goal, his 18th goal of the year, at 5:36 to increase Anaheim's lead to 2-0.

Just 1:53 later, Getzlaf scored his 16th goal of the season when he stole a pass from Blues center David Backes and fired the puck past Halak, who then was pulled from the game and replaced in goal by Brian Elliott.

Getzlaf, who earned the first assist on Perry's goal, has at least one point in the last 13 games he played in, scoring 10 goals and adding 10 assists in that span. He officially scored in 11 consecutive games, having missed three games with an upper-body injury during his personal streak.

The Blues, who trailed by at least three goals in three of their last four games, had two four-minute power plays, one each in the first and second period, and could not get the puck past Andersen, playing his second game being recalled from AHL Norfolk on Nov. 23.

Center Nick Bonino scored the fourth Anaheim goal at 17:16 of the second period.

After Schwartz' goal broke the scoring drought for the Blues, center Patrik Berglund cut the Anaheim lead to 4-2 with his goal at 6:38 of the third period. An empty-net goal by defenseman Mark Fistric with 1:48 to play restored Anaheim's three-goal margin.

NOTES: LW Alexander Steen, the second-leading scorer in the league with 20 goals, was in the St. Louis lineup despite having to miss the morning skate because he was sick. ... Ducks RW Teemu Selanne did not play. He has only been in the lineup once this season on the second half of back-to-back games. Anaheim won a shootout in Chicago on Friday night, the Ducks' third consecutive game decided in a shootout. ... LW Patrick Maroon was in the Anaheim lineup. The St. Louis native played his first game at the Scottrade Center in his hometown since the 2005 Missouri state high school championship game. He had about 200 friends and family in attendance. ... The game was Anaheim's 20th on the road this season, two more than any other team in the league. ... The Ducks return home to host the New York Islanders on Monday night while the Blues travel to Winnipeg for their next game Tuesday night.
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